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Signs You Need A Tune-Up In Your Future

Vehicles today are sophisticated, fine-tuned machines. Much more so than those of, say the 1970’s. In that era, cars needed what was called a tune-up every 5-10,000 miles! Could you imagine needing to have a tune-up done on your car every other oil change?

Mileage:
Mileage:

Consult your owner’s manual to see when your specific manufacturer recommends servicing for a tune-up.

Increased Fuel Consumption:
Increased Fuel Consumption:

The best way to keep an eye on this is to monitor your gas mileage at every fill up. To accomplish this most accurately, fill up your tank to the top every time and use your trip odometer. If you reset the trip odometer after every fill up and you fill the tank, then when you look at how much fuel (in gallons) the tank took and divide that by how many miles are on the trip meter, you will come across your exact miles per gallon on that tank.

Knocking or Pinging Sound Upon Acceleration:
Knocking or Pinging Sound Upon Acceleration:

That is a definite sign the vehicle needs a Tewskbury Auto visit. Occasionally this can be caused by an octane of gas that is too low, but if you are putting in the recommended octane listed in your owner’s manual, then a tune-up inspection would be required.

Hard Starting:
Hard Starting:

Meaning the vehicle will crank and try to start, but it may take a few tries before it does. No starts are the leading cause of emergency roadside calls, all stemming from a lack of maintenance.

Finally:
Finally:

Although cars don’t require service as often, many interpret this as them not needing service at all. Drivers tend to neglect preventative maintenance because there aren’t any noticeable signs of a problem right now and want to wait until there is an issue. But as the maintenance keeps getting pushed aside, problems and damage are surfacing slowly and growing in severity, leading to a much higher repair bill when a noticeable problem occurs. The engineers that design the cars today don’t create the recommended service intervals on a whim. Much research goes into deciding the optimum mileage increments to have components or fluids replaced. Following these recommendations from Tewksbury Auto Repair will ensure the longest life out of your vehicle and the lowest cost per mile of driving.